Journalists training on land governance in Cameroon
Even though the context has considerably evolved in Cameroon, land tenure is still regulated by land laws elaborated in the 1970s. The non-recognition of customary rights and specific forms of land use has made rural communities, and certain groups especially – women, indigenous peoples, (semi-)nomadic groups – especially vulnerable. This has led to numerous land conflicts. The government of Cameroon has initiated a land reform in 2011, which offers an opportunity to address these challenges. In this process, it is important to disseminate knowledge about the situation in Cameroon and inform the broader public about what is at stake.
In response to this, the LandCam project organized a capacity building workshop for journalists on the 2nd of December 2020 at Tou’gou hotel in Yaounde. The workshop brought together 15 journalists from different media organisations, and had for objective to improve their understanding and coverage of land governance and natural resource management issues in Cameroon.
The workshop involved three main presentations on the impacts of semi-mechanized mining on the land rights of local communities, climate change and land security, and access to land by internally displaced persons and refugees. The workshop was also an opportunity to present the micro-grant program to journalists and they were all encouraged to make use of the knowledge acquired in applying for the grant.